The Colorado Child Passenger Safety Law has 5 basic parts:
- Babies less than 1 year old and less than 20 pounds ride in the back seat in rear-facing car seats.
- Kids who are at least 1 year old and at least 20 pounds can ride in a forward facing car seat until they reach the upper weight limit or height limit of the car seat (according to the manufacturer).
- Kids who have outgrown their forward-facing car seats can ride in a booster seat and use the vehicle shoulder and lap belts (always use both) until they turn 8.
- From 8 years old to 16 years old, kids must use a booster seat until the vehicle lap and shoulder belts fit properly without one. This is usually around 4′-9″ tall. Refer to the booster seat post for a quick fit test.
- Kids are allowed to use rear-facing and forward facing car seats and booster seats until they reach the manufacturer’s weight or height limit for the seat.
Local and State Resources for Colorado Car Seat Laws
Colorado Department of Transportation – Colorado Child Passenger Safety Law graphic
Colorado Department of Transportation – Tips, Installation Demo Video, Find a Technician, and more
Colorado Department of Transportation – Colorado car seat law pdf (Spanish)
Colorado Department of Transportation – find an inspection station (by county or with Spanish available)
Colorado Department of Transportation – car seat use FAQ page
Colorado Department of Transportation – car seat recycling stations
Colorado Children’s Hospital – Colorado car seat law and best practices
National Resources for Colorado Car Seat and Booster Seat Laws
nhtsa.gov – U.S. Department of Transportation / National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website
safercar.gov – The NHTSA publishes this site. Parents Central is the child safety section. This is a great info packed site, so if you have questions about almost anything related to car seats or booster seats, definitely check this one out.
iihs.org – Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, child safety page
safekids.org – A global organization about keeping children safe, especially from preventable injuries or fatalities. Their site includes tips on car seat choice and car seat inspection events, among other things.